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Late last night, President Trump made an announcement that he will sign an executive order temporarily suspending immigration to the United States. There were few details about when the executive order would go into effect or how it would be enforced. However, the President did state that his motivation for this decision was based on protecting jobs.
As it stands, the United States leads the world in total COVID-19 cases. In fact, we’re exporting coronavirus to nations like Mexico and Haiti through the people we’ve been deporting.
Why This Matters: Immigration was already essentially ground to a halt. As CNN explained, refugee resettlement has been put on hold, visa offices are largely closed and citizenship ceremonies aren’t happening. Therefore this move can’t be seen as anything but yet another attempt by President Trump to deflect blame for his handling of the crisis and to offer up red meat for his base. Blaming immigrants for the woes of the U.S. economy is an old play from the President’s playbook unfortunate as it may be.
NPR White House reporter Geoff Bennett said it best:
Immigration was already functionally shut down.
The WH had closed the U.S.-Canada border and started deporting asylum-seekers without due process.
International air travel has largely been suspended.
Protest Optics: As the Washington Post reported, a Yahoo News/YouGov poll published Monday found that most Americans disagree with protesters who are demanding an end to stay-at-home orders. The poll showed that 71 percent of respondents were more concerned about lifting lockdowns too quickly.
What About Vaccines?: As Dr. Anthony Fauci has said, a vaccine for COVID-19 is likely still 18 months or more away. However, the World Health Organization warned that even once a vaccine is developed, manufacturing and distributing it will be an immense challenge. One that we must prepare for now.
Jane Goodall’s Wishes: As the Hill reported, British primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall said that she hopes a global movement of people calling for clean air will result from the global coronavirus outbreak, which has emptied cities of traffic.
Yesterday, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators met with President Biden to reach a deal on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure framework. The bulk of the funds will be put toward transportation and “traditional” infrastructure such as bridges, roads, transit systems, and passenger rail. The remainder of the funds will be spent on other infrastructure such […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer More than three years after Hurricane Harvey, officials are still clashing over how to disperse aid. In the first $1 billion round of support, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush made some questionable calculations, leaving the hardest-hit communities in its most populous city without a penny in federal aid according to the […]
It’s spring in Paris, they are still struggling with COVID, and yet thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Paris and numerous other French cities to protest climate change. The French legislature is considering a law to impose tougher measures to combat climate change, but many believe the proposals are not sufficient and so they staged marches in Nancy, Toulouse, Rennes, Lyon, Grenoble, as seen in social media posts.
Why This Matters: Because of the Paris Agreement, France is associated with climate change progress.
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